Remember Nick and Nora, and their little dog, Asta?
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
Elliott Erwitt is one of my favorite photographers. I received this book for Christmas and I flip through it almost every day.
Mr. Erwitt was both a documentary and commercial photographer who began his career in the 1940s. He is well-known for his portraits of Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Pope John Paul II and for other iconic images. You can see many of his most popular photos here: Elliott Erwitt Images. He is also famous for his dog portraits…One of my favorites:
His attention to detail is remarkable, and he clearly had a great sense of humor.
His photography runs the gamut from heartbreaking to hilarious–with the “story” of the photo often achieved through an ironic juxtaposition of subjects within the image.
Though you may not recognize his name, I’m sure you will recognize many of his images.
This week marks the 23rd anniversary of one of the worlds largest and most famous unsolved art heists. In the early hours of March 18, 1990, two men, dressed as policemen, bluffed their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The thieves tied up two security guards with duct tape and made off with 13 of the museum’s masterpieces. The stolen pieces included two Rembrandts, five Degas drawings, as well as a Vermeer and a Manet. The value on today’s market is $500 million and there is a $5 million reward offered for return of the art.
The FBI announced this week they have identified the thieves and are requesting the public’s assistance in finding the masterpieces. Interestingly, the statute of limitations has expired and the thieves will not be prosecuted for this crime–though they still can be prosecuted if they possess the art (which is considered doubtful.) The two men are not named, but the FBI did identify them as members of an organized crime group on the East coast. The movie-like mystery thickens…
Coincidentally, I had been reading The Gardner Heist by Ulrich Boser and another book, Stealing Rembrandts by Anthony Amore this week. Both provide captivating reading. Stealing Rembrandts highlights many art heists and delves into the motives and methods of many famous art heists (solved and unsolved.) So if you’re looking for a new book with a current events twist, I highly recommend both books…